New York: Harper & Row, Publishers, 1974. 1st Edition. Large folio, publisher's blue cloth, spine and upper board gilt, tan endpapers, original photo-illustrated dust jacket.
Wealth-porn classic, illustrated with hundreds of color and black-and-white photos. "A Wonderful Time is a personal and pictorial record of the great American cities, choice residential areas and fashionable summer and winter resorts during the post-World War II years. It is also a glimpse of the first families of America, photographed in their elegant homes and exclusive clubs. It was made during those years when I was on assignment for a number of magazines that depicted for their readers a style of living known only to the favored few" (from Aarons's introduction). Stated first edition. Slight dustiness to cloth, with minor sunning to board edges; price-clipped dust jacket with rippling to plastic laminate on front panel (as characteristic for this title), splitting to flap folds (approx. 2" to upper flap, approx. 1" to lower flap), rubbing and shallow chipping to spine-ends, light soiling to rear panel, overall light toning. An extremely good copy of an increasingly scarce book. Item #3237